The 2016 season will be John Verhoeven's third season as the pitching coach for the Azusa Pacific baseball program. Verhoeven, a former Major League baseball pitcher, was the head coach at Biola for 16 seasons, with 2013 marking his last year with the program.
His most recent successes include having three pitchers drafted in the MLB first-year player draft. After the 2014 season, Zach Hedges (Cubs) and Adam McCreerey (Angels) signed professional contracts. In 2015 Josh Staumont (Royals) was taken in the second round after a solid junior campaign with the Cougars.
Verhoeven oversaw a Biola program that made three NAIA World Series appearances, and won five Golden State Athletic Conference championships, trailing only Azusa Pacific's 11 titles since the GSAC's inception in 1987. He earned five GSAC Coach of the Year honors, and was the Region's Coach of the Year when he led the Eagles to their most recent trip to the World Series in 2005.
At Biola he put together a 546-298 record, and registered a 313-160 record in GSAC play. His Eagles were also the only GSAC team to hold a winning record against Azusa Pacific, posting a 43-33 clip against the Cougars since 1998. Prior to coaching at Biola, Verhoeven also had coaching assignments at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Pepperdine, and Loyola Marymount.
As a player Verhoeven was a first-team NAIA All-American at the University of La Verne and was drafted by the California Angels in the 12th round of the 1974 MLB draft. He made his first Major League appearance in 1976 for the Angels, and he also played for the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins as he spent four years at the MLB level during a nine-year pro career. He tossed a career-high 99.2 innings in 44 appearances for the Twins in 1980, finishing his career with 99 appearances for 204 innings with a 3.79 ERA. In 2000, Verhoeven was named to La Verne's All-Century Team.